Mona Kastell is an ecoscenographer and community engagement practitioner with a strong interest in social and ecological conscious design with over 10 years of professional experience, including stage and costume design in devised, street and physical theatre, dance, film, and participatory art installations.
Ecoscenography “contributive practice integrates transdisciplinary practices with community engagement putting the highlight on creating positive legacies, advancing the designer forward to a more active role of change agent (Beer 2016 in Castel 2017:2).” Taking the lead as designer/maker, Mona engages herself holistically in her practice which actively instigates positive social and environmental change. This alternative approach to design provides sustainable tools to visually communicate ecological concepts to audiences to co-create new narratives for the future of our society and the planet.
Following her Permaculture Design certificate, Mona received a distinction for her Masters in Ecological Design Thinking from Schumacher College, during which she explored ecological design thinking in performance across disciplines, placing Nature, wellbeing, interconnectivity and authentic community engagement at the heart of her creative process, using natural materials and found objects.
Her most significant costume work is L’Eveil, a costume-led performance that pushes the boundaries of costume and grows further the integral role of the costume as the centre of the performance instead of its typically established simple decorative role. The costume is created not around a character or an idea but through the relationship between body, material, movement and observer, creating a strong visual dynamic. Short-listed for World of Wearable Art, Creative Scotland funded L’Eveil to be created as part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012. It was performed at Glasgow Arches Live and featured at the SBTD UK Design for Performance 2011 – 2015 MAKE:BELIEVE exhibition and in the Blue Pages.
Mona is interested in hearing about collaboration with peers who are interested in exploring ecological practices and community engagement within theatre making.
As part of her creative practice, Mona is available to give eco interactive talks and as visiting lecturer at universities, workshops as facilitator, and eco consultant for organizations wishing to develop their understanding in Ecological Design Thinking within the creative industry.
Mona is a member of:
- 2016 SBTD BluePages ‘Scotland’s first living stage’ (co-written with Tanja Beer)
- Crowdfunding articles in French newspapers ‘Ouest France’ and ‘Le Telegramme’
- 2012 SBTD BluePages ‘Costume as starting point for devising performance‘
- The Stage Rising stars
- Creative & Cultural Skills Get into Theatre interview